How can we redefine how we see ourselves?
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Nurses Notes: By Marie D Corbin, R-DMTc, BSN, RN,
Perceive it, Then Receive it’

In today’s fast paced, technological world it is not enough to just rely on others to define who you are.  21st century relationships are played out in Social Media, Reality TV and how you are perceived on the internet.  I ask you, with all the white noise how can you step into who you really are especially if you are young?   

As I sat down to write this, I am reminded of a story posted to Facebook this morning by an associate of mine “(11) year old committed suicide because he was teased on a social media site”.  It so touched my heart since I too lost my daughter to that kind of inner pain and conflict.  The first comment that came to mind is how “we still aren’t reaching our kids when it comes to mental health” but as I contiued to ponder,

the post also reminded me of the story of Jabez’s Prayer from 1 Chronicle 4:10 in the King James Version.   I will paraphrase the very short prayer. In the story, Jabez’s name literally means ‘pain’ so he was identified as a baby with a name that he felt didn’t define who he really was spiritually and physically.  Jabez prayed for God to redefine who he wanted to become and who he knew God saw him as, he knew God could bless him to become more than his birth name.  This touched me, as it does relate to how in today’s world we interact with others, as well as how we inwardly see ourselves.  

Have you ever done that? Asked your higher power to redefine you because you knew you could be more than someone defined you as? I have many times. I believe all of us has Perceived Potential and our Actual Potential”.  I challenge to you to ask for and act on your actual potential rather than your perceived potential!

Practicing this kind of “Actual Perceptions” mentality, you can create a new sense of who you are and who you were meant to be, a person with limitless boundaries on what you can achieve and what you can recieve.   



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Caribbean’ Mental Health Update by Marie Corbin, R-DMTc, BSN RN

Mental Health care in the Islands are present but lacks Community-Based Organizations and Residential Care Facilites in some parts. This is further complicated by the different and diverse groups that exist in the Caribbean - especially those of African, Indian and Chinese descent amongst others. These groups are vulnerable to mental health issues regardless of gender, age, sex, race, ethnicity or religion, as they share similarities, but also differences in cultural norms and values. Some consider themselves to be modern and others keep in tradition, which is where the social complexity of mental health
 Social stigma and taboo are still big issues surrounding mental health in the Caribbean .

Much more work and studies need to be done, however, based upon my intial research for Mental Health care in the Caribbean particularly in Haiti, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the French and West Indies who at the moment does not present enough resources available to develop these services.

Also, despite the Acute care settings that are typically offered, patients with less severe disorders would try to avoid going to the mental hospital because of the stigma attached to it and by doing so they may prevent their only possibility to receive care.  Our research in this effort will continue with your support!

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